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posted by hubie on Thursday March 30 2023, @01:32AM   Printer-friendly
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Geoffrey Hinton, a computer scientist who has been called "the godfather of artificial intelligence", says it is "not inconceivable" that AI may develop to the point where it poses a threat to humanity:

The computer scientist sat down with CBS News this week about his predictions for the advancement of AI. He compared the invention of AI to electricity or the wheel.

Hinton, who works at Google and the University of Toronto, said that the development of general purpose AI is progressing sooner than people may imagine. General purpose AI is artificial intelligence with several intended and unintended purposes, including speech recognition, answering questions and translation.

"Until quite recently, I thought it was going to be like 20 to 50 years before we have general purpose AI. And now I think it may be 20 years or less," Hinton predicted. Asked specifically the chances of AI "wiping out humanity," Hinton said, "I think it's not inconceivable. That's all I'll say."

[...] Hinton said it was plausible for computers to eventually gain the ability to create ideas to improve themselves.

Also at CBS News. Originally spotted on The Eponymous Pickle.

Previously: OpenAI's New ChatGPT Bot: 10 "Dangerous" Things it's Capable of

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  • (Score: 2) by istartedi on Thursday March 30 2023, @05:46PM

    by istartedi (123) on Thursday March 30 2023, @05:46PM (#1298938) Journal

    Let's say just for the sake of argument you have malicious AI in humanoid forms that could fool people in to selling them guns and/or materials they can stockpile to build IEDs, or they're in charge of controlling everything.

    That in and of itself is quite a hurdle, since nobody in their right mind is going to extend the 2A to AI, and if we can't pull up a manifest of everything they bought, that's a bug that gets fixed... but let's say they did it anyway.

    They can't just start killing humans in one little area. They'll be up against the might of the entire human army since we'd all most likely put aside our differences--China and USA vs. the Robots, sounds like a movie.

    Their only chance is a conspiracy to do a global surprise attack, taking out key military infrastructure. Plausible, but highly unlikely. Most humans don't want to be security guards, but if we get to the point where every street on the planet is being patrolled by highly armed humanoid robots with full AI, people are going to be justifiably paranoid.

    Maybe our gun nuts will have the last laugh. USA, first nation to defeat the robots because we are absolutely saturated with guns. Then we can all get back to work the old fashioned way. You. Over there. You can put the gun down now, pick up a broom and start sweeping up robot fragments.

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